Review of A Panicked Premonition


A Panicked Premonition

A Psychic Eye Mystery, Book #15

Victoria Laurie

5 Stars

In New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye mystery, Abby Cooper has one rule to follow: don’t panic!

Professional psychic and FBI consultant Abby Cooper has used her inner visions to get her out of many a scrape—and solve many a crime—but she’s about to face a murder scene that will put all her powers to the test. Abby’s husband Dutch has a side business providing security and building panic rooms for wealthy clients. One morning, one of Dutch’s partners, Dave, goes missing on his way to meet a client. Abby’s intuition tells her something terrible has happened to him.

Then two of Dutch’s clients are found brutally murdered…inside their brand new panic room, and most of the evidence points to Dave as the killer.  With the authorities racing to find and arrest him, Abby’s got to use all her intuitive prowess to get to Dave first, discover the real killer, and save her husband’s business. This is one case where Abby is positive there’s far more to this mystery than meets her inner eye…  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really love Abby and Candice. They are more than best friends, they are as close as sisters.  We should all have a Candace in our lives.  When they found out that their friend, Dave, has disappeared, they never hesitated in trying to find him.  And when it looked like Dave was going to be accused of murder, they worked doubly hard.  I enjoy the way their husbands acted like they are in control of everything but really the girls are in charge.  I enjoyed getting to spend more time with all of them.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the story, I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.  I could imagine the mansions and estates that Abby and Candice visited, and see how the rich live.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were quite a few suspects to consider and clues to sift through and it was not an easy mystery to solve. Throw in some red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will struggle with finding the correct culprit.  I really like that not only did Abby and Candace have to figure out how Dave was involved in the murders (Abby refused to believe he was responsible) but they also had to find Dave before it was too late.  Having two mysteries to solve is twice the fun.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy paranormal cozies, this book is a must read book.  I felt this was a more edgier cozy, with harsher language than is typical for cozies, but that did not dim my enjoyment of the book in any way.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.